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    Working with exotic hardwoods


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    Working with exotic hardwoods

    Post by Hermit on Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:40 am

    When it comes to what are considered as"conventional safety practices",I would be willing to bet that all of the forum members(myself included)have ignored more than a few when working with wood and metal.
                         Many of the materials that we use come with health warnings and instructions on how to work with them safely.Wood does not.Some exotic hardwoods when worked or even handled,are toxic.These woods can cause skin irritation and rashes,and probably do a lot worse if inhaled as fine sawdust.Building crossbows often involves using exotic hardwoods that we are unfamiliar with,and as an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,it pays to do a little research before you start work.
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    Re: Working with exotic hardwoods

    Post by Hermit on Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:57 am

    I forgot to add................"regardless of race,creed and religion,and whether you believe in it or not."

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    Re: Working with exotic hardwoods

    Post by Chuckles on Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:22 pm

    +1 on that.

    But its more than just exotic hardwoods.  When sanding or planing redwood my lungs will seize up within minutes, and I know people who experience the same thing with black walnut.  

    You can also suddenly develop allergies or sensitivities to woods you have worked with for years.  This can be due to overexposure, especially from breathing in sawdust all the time. There are people in the woodworkers guild I belong to that had to stop woodworking, or breath filtered air with a hooded face shield, because they developed allergies to just about any form of sawdust.  

    A few years ago I started getting itchy rashes on exposed skin when working in the shop.  I eventually figured out that is was a sensitivity to common pine.  I had worked with the stuff for years with no symptoms whatsoever.  After that I installed a central dust collector...and stopped building with pine.  

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